Finger Food for Babies – Carrot Frie

There are a few things to consider when considering which recipes to make for a baby starting out with solid food. Can the child pick up the food and navigate it into his or her mouth? Is the food nutritious and healthful? Can the child tolerate the food presented? It is important to serve food to baby individually initially to rule out any kind of potential allergy or food intolerance. Once you have cleared a certain number of foods, you can start pairing them together to create a mixture of flavors and textures to please your child

Finger foods are a great way to get baby to become a little more independent as they practice self feeding. Finger foods are also a great way to get baby involved in dinnertime with the rest of the family.

The following recipe for Carrot Fries is a favorite in my house with older kids too. Carrots are Vitamin rich and packed with Beta Carotene. They are fairly easy to digest and especially good if your child is experiencing some constipation with the introduction to solid foods. The sweetness of carrots makes them attractive to a baby’s palate, and their bright orange color attractive to their eyes!

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, washed, peeled and cut evenly into thin ‘french fry’ sized pieces
  • 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 t ground cumin

Method

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet
  3. Place carrot fries into a bowl
  4. Pour orange juice and olive oil onto the carrots
  5. Add ginger and cumin to the bowl and mix well.
  6. Pour carrot mixture out onto the baking sheet and spread out so that they are not touching one another
  7. Place baking sheet into the oven and bake, moving around and turning once, for about 25 minutes until the carrot fries are soft and caramelized slightly.
  8. You can add salt and pepper to the carrot fries after they come out of the oven if serving to older children or adults.
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